Subject: Re: CARP (OpenBSD)
To: David Maxwell <>
From: Emre Yildirim <>
List: current-users
Date: 11/05/2003 21:43:38
This is kinda cool.  Theo always objected to implementing "VRRP" into OpenBSD,
because supposedly, it was patented by Cisco and that was a bad thing or something. 
I recently had to infect some of my machines with Linux to try out load balancing
(LVS project), but I guess now I have a good excuse to try out this CARP feature. 
Hopefully it will make it into NetBSD some day.

Once upon a time David Maxwell proclaimed:
> On Wed, Nov 05, 2003 at 03:51:33PM -0500, Michael Hertrick wrote:
>> In case you hadn't heard, OpenBSD has a new protocol in -current called
>> CARP (Common Address Redundancy Protocol) to facilitate automatic
>> failover and load-balancing.
>> This is great news to me, a networker who has wanted these features for
>> my BSD routers, firewalls, and servers for years.  It would be even
>> greater news if CARP was incorporated into NetBSD.
> Neat.
>> Will NetBSD implement CARP in the future, or some other VRRP
>> alternative?  Or, is CARP still too young and volatile to consider for
>> NetBSD?
> Hopefully, things don't get refused for inclusion in NetBSD because of
> age.
> Quality/Stability, and Design Goals might not be compatible - those are
> the actual reasons. People could misinterpret them as 'ageism'.
> If the design makes sense, and someone is interested in working on it,
> it could well be pulled into NetBSD sooner rather than later. The
> simpler explanation is that, since it seems to have been committed
> around Oct 16, no NetBSD developers have noticed, or had time to
> investigate it yet.
> --
> David Maxwell,| -->
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